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  • COPPER only


    COPPER only


    Please note that these items do not include the wooden Golden Ratio Composition Tool nor the Wooden Palette. It is for the Copper specially made using the Golden Ratio only. It is exactly the same copper that is included in the set; for the wooden tools, please see:

    Please also note that these items will be shipped in eco recycled cardboard packaging. If you are ordering more than one item we will endeavour to send you a variety of different quotations; this is dependent on availability.


    Scroll through this photo essay while reading about this Copper. It’s a cure for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder); when I feel SAD I look at the warm salmony glowing colours of copper. These photos were taken against onion skin tint, itself a warm dye and the whole montage is reminiscent of Olafur Eliasson’s sun installation at Tate Modern years ago when people sunbathed indoors at the gallery, my husband and I included, under its effusive radiance.



    Our copper is printed on one side with a beautiful, inspiring quotation so you can use it as a mantelpiece display or cherished bookmark before you contemplate painting. Our first iteration’s quotation is from the Mahabharata. This quotation always sends shivers down my spine and it is perfect for the cabinet of curiosities paintings yet to be created on these surfaces.  The printed side is actually the reverse. 

    The painting is done on the front. Turn the copper around and you will see that the front of the copper has a protective sheet stuck to it. Peel off this sheet only when you are ready to begin painting. If you are enrolled on one of the Cabinet of Curiosities painting classes we will do this preparatory ritual together. The copper is stamped with our genuine maker’s marks so you can be sure you are buying quality and it comes with pre-sanded edges to protect your hands, although since it is still metal please handle it with the appropriate safety precautions and regard that you would accord any metal sheet.




    We use the copper as a painting surface during class. Otherwise you may keep it as a bookmark or display it as a beautiful quotation on your mantelpiece or shelf.



    There is something magical and mysterious about copper. Although in the classes we will be using that most western of mediums, oil paint (which incidentally was first used in Afghanistan and Chinese caves but never taken up as fully and completely as in the west), copper retains a link to the east and lamps and copper trays and binding jinn. We will bind oil paint to its smooth surface to create delicate and glowing small paintings. We’ll start with the beautiful, pristine warm copper surface and then later explore other surfaces such as wood, cotton and linen canvas, primed paper… you can paint oils on anything (you may just need to protect the surface). Oils on copper are the most lasting and vibrant of the old master works; the vibrant colours are preserved better on its metal surface and the warm glow of the copper ground strikes through - the ground always strikes through. For more on the Cabinets of Curiosities Class series, of which this is a companion materials and tools set, see here: > Classes > Cabinet of Curiosities.


    Copper is mood-enhancing and its unique colour - also called copper - is uplifting and a cure for melancholy. And (al)chemically, copper has generated many startling colours. Copper’s children include favourites such as copper sulphate (CuSO4) and the copper carbonates are the most beautiful blues and greens. Copper is an element in itself. Cu… soon online, I hope ~

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